It didn’t take Enterprise High School long to find a replacement game for Sept. 25 as the school announced today that it will host the Carroll Eagles.

On Sept. 14, Early County’s entire team was placed into quarantine – due to Georgia guidelines – after a player on an opposing team tested positive for COVID-19.

Enterprise coach Rick Darlington and Athletic Director Trent Trawick quickly went to work searching for a replacement and didn’t have to look far as Carroll will make the 18-mile trip over from Ozark.

Darlington has been strongly advocating for the Wildcats to have more games with other Wiregrass teams in the area and things fell into place for this one to happen.

“We’re very excited to play them. I have nothing but respect for them doing this,” Darlington said of Carroll agreeing to play Enterprise. “We’re a bigger school and they have a new coach trying to put together a program over there. For them to step up and play us like that, I have nothing but respect for that. I think it’s honorable and it’s a great way to build a program to play people that are bigger.”

Carroll lost its game originally scheduled for Sept. 25 when their opponent Pike County decided to play only region games this season.

“They needed a game and we needed a game and this was an opportunity for us to get to play,” Carroll coach Patrick Plott said of taking on the game. “Every opportunity we’re going to get to play we’re going to play.

“It’s always good to be able to go out and play and with Enterprise being so close it’s a good opportunity for our fans and their fans, as well.”

Enterprise and Carroll have played 68 times in the past, with the last game being a 16-13 Enterprise win at Bates Memorial Stadium in 2007.

The two sides met for the very first time back in 1915 and annually from 1950 until 1999. From 1984 until 1997 the two schools were Class 6A, Region 2 rivals, and before that they were region rivals in Class 4A previously, as well. The last time Carroll defeated Enterprise was a 14-13 Eagle win at home in 1989.

“I hope we can keep it going for years to come,” Darlington said of potentially playing Carroll in the future. “I always hear that was a big game and a big rivalry in the past, so hopefully we’ll get a big crowd for it. We’re very thankful they would step in and help us out after we lost the Early County game.”

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